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Windows won't load - perpetual boot loop

by snowis / October 19, 2008 3:17 AM PDT

Last night everything was fine, this morning I find my computer in a perpetual boot loop - it loads the windows screen, then goes black for a few minutes, then reboots the computer. I have tried the following:
-restart in safe mode (same prob)
-last known good configuration (same prob)
-disable auto restart after system failure (resulted in a black screen, but power light on, no error message displayed)

The system is a 2 year old Sony Vaio, running Windows XP media center

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advanced!

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Given its a Sony...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 3:26 AM PDT

The restore CDs have limited repair options. Try unpluging anything that is USB that isn't needed and retest.


Fail? Ok, put in a new hard disk, use the restore media and later add the old drive in as a slave drive to get your files out.

Sorry but Sony's restore CDs and their limited repair options are why I give this list.

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I had the same problem too.
by 1062107 / October 19, 2008 3:37 AM PDT

Yeah, I had the same problem. It went to the loading screen, and totally blacked out after.

Now, here's what to do: First of all, you'll need to reinstall Windows XP or whatever operating system you have.
Remember, in the computer setup, say boot from CD.

Reinstall everything, it should work again.
If your CD can't go in,or if it doesn't work in general, try using floppy disks instead.

Look here:
It provides downloads for floppies.

If THAT doesn't work, reformat your disk. There might be something in there.

My issue was that a file was missing/corrupted.

It took me 2 days to get this done when I tried to fix it.
But now, I think i could get this whole process done in 15 minutes, it shouldn't be THAT hard.

Hope this helps!!!

*btw*,this happened when I was installing Service Pack 2 on the computer, and I cancled the installation, and well-let's just say I had a problem.

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Thanks for the help
by snowis / October 19, 2008 7:28 AM PDT

I appreciate it!

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try chkdsk?
by Nightmares0nwax / October 20, 2008 8:07 AM PDT

its more likely to be corrupted operating system files, run the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

the r switch recovers readable data.

recovery console can be found ona recovery cd or your windows installation cd. you need to boot from the cd

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